The 5 Keys to Healthy Eating, According to Harvard

After a summer spent in vacation mode—dining out and enjoying cocktails with friends—fall may have you ready for a health and wellness reset. If you've been reevaluating your health goals, there's no need to wait until January 1 to begin focusing on your food and fitness routine. The key is personalizing your lifestyle to fit your needs.

"The bottom line is one size does not fit all when it comes to weight loss," Katherine D. McManus, MS, RD, LDN explains in a recent Harvard Health Blog post. Because factors like age, sex, body type, medical history, genetics, and physical activity play a role in your ability to lose weight, you need a plan that's specific to your needs. However, McManus does indicate that there are a few universal behaviors that everyone interested in losing weight can benefit from. Cutting out soda and sugary drinks, living an active lifestyle, and focusing on food quality instead of calories, are just a few such behaviors. Keep reading for five more Harvard-approved tips to help you meet all of your healthy living goals.